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Getting ahead…

In my quest to get our Halloween costumes finished early this year, I have been doing lots and lots of online research.  One of the cool things I have found are some really pretty pirate hats decorated with ribbon, lace and other trims by different crafters.  There are a few tutorials but mostly people selling these gorgeous hats on Etsy.com.  I, of course, would like to decorate my own hat, so that it matches my outfit and so that I can add what I want to it.  I’ll write more on that later…

I ordered some hats off of eBay that can be decorated however we want.  They are plain, black, wide-brimmed wool hats that will work perfectly for the pirate costumes.  They are pretty floppy though, and that might it difficult to work on them.  I was toying with different ideas on what I could use to make the whole process easier.  After some thought I decided that the foam forms that you can get at beauty supply stores would probably be the easiest and most economical.  The forms generally run about $5.00 give or take a few quarters.

So after deciding that that the foam forms are what I needed I remembered that the closest beauty supply store had closed a few months ago.  I had already run errands earlier in the day and going out again in 108 degree weather held no appeal.  I took a few moments for a quick internal discussion and started looking at what I could do with what I had in the house.  We have one foam form that we use at Halloween to display one of many masks and/or hats.  I had seen some tutorials on making duct tape dress forms** the other day and I wondered if I could use the same technique to make my own hat display.

I didn’t think to take pictures until I was almost done with the second form so bear with me.

Materials –

  • foam head form
  • plastic bag
  • duct tape
  • cardboard
  • stuffing (plastic bags, newspaper, etc)

I started with the foam head and covered it with a plastic grocery bag.  I used strips of duct tape around the neck the part to hold the bag down and pull it tight around the form.  Next I started ripping strips of duct tape and wrapping the plastic covered foam form.  I split the strips vertically, some half the width and some in thirds.  I used the third widths across and along the nose and eyes to contour to the shape of the form.   The half widths I used starting along the jawline and moved up the side of the form.  I also put a long piece of tape down the center starting above the nose and continuing down the back of the neck.  I continued to lay down strips until the entire form was covered.  I did my first layer with a solid color duct tape and a decorative duct tape for the second layer.  The second layer is just like the first, I was just more careful to smooth down the duct tape.

When the form was covered with the second layer then I cut through the duct tape/plastic up the back and pulled the duct tape covering off of the form.  Use another few strips of the patterned duct tape to close up the back again.

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I used plastic grocery bags and crumpled up newspapers/ad mailers for stuffing, I was careful to fill in the contoured areas with the bags and filled the center with the crumpled paper.  I traced the bottom of the foam form on cardboard and cut it out.  After it was filled as much as it was going to be I put in the cardboard and covered it with the decorative duct tape.

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Here are the final results.  Now I have two hat forms that i can stick pins into and keep the hat in place while I work on decorating them.  Clearly, I could have bought two of the foam forms for about $10 and in about a third of the time that I spent making these.  For me, it was about being resourceful and using the materials that I had close at hand.   I am pretty pleased.

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**Duct tape dress forms – Google “how to make a duct tape dress form” for tutorials.   I liked this one, it has good info on the duct tape part, this one has more details on how to set up the form.

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Skirting the issue…

I am a bit excited about our upcoming trip to Disneyland and to Mickey’s Halloween party.   I’ve decided to get a jump on the costumes, especially since last year was a ten day marathon of cutting, pinning and cutting.  I am hoping the preparation this year will be a bit more relaxed.

This weekend I spent some time looking at some different costume ideas.  We’d decided on the pirate theme earlier this year so at least I am that far along.  Of course, you’d be surprised at the different options for pirate costumes, especially given the many costumes featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  We have the added factor of getting on and off of rides at Disneyland to think about when choosing a costume.   I liked different elements of these costumes, which I found at Spirit Halloween.  I like the asymmetrical skirt on the first and last ones and the vest and hat options on the other costumes.  Overall, though my costume will need to be a little less sexy, I want to go more for cute and sassy.  It is for Disneyland after all.

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My plan is to make a skirt similar to the first picture but not as short in the front and not as long in the back.  This weekend I started looking through my patterns and fabric.  I remembered that I bought a remnant of some pretty brocade last Christmas.  I think it will make a really pretty vest.  I originally planned to make a loose fitting corset but even loose fitting boning might be a little painful for the rides.

So, with that I decided on a color scheme; white pirate shirt, the teal/blue brocade for the vest, black skirt and white underskirt.  I will probably make some black boot covers, more on that in a few weeks.

I started on the white underskirt, cutting out a modified circle skirt.   Then I started to cut the skirt into the shape that I wanted.  I’ll be adding about six inches of lace to the bottom edge and another tier above that.

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I have a lot of lace that my grandmother gave me, it had already been cut into pieces about 10″ x 14″.  I sewed several pieces together along the t14″ side and then cut the whole chain in half to make a 7″ wide strip.  Then I had my two tiers of lace for the skirt.

Here’s the mostly finished underskirt…

Now I just have to work on the overskirt and attach it all to a waistband.

Stay tuned for more costume updates next week!

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Saturday Movie Night continues…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

 

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I love the Star Trek movies but this is the movie that I’ve seen the least.  I can quote practically every line in the following movies but I’ve only seen this one for the third time.  I love how the movie looks, the cinematography is amazing but the pacing is so unlike the usual Star Trek story that it felt a little off in places.  There were a few little things that didn’t seem to fit the Star Trek universe as well, but all in all it’s a good movie.  For a movie that started out as a reboot of the television series and went through several revisions and scripts it was a good entry for the series on the big screen.

Next week…  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Fall festivities…

It might still be summertime here in sunny Arizona but we are already looking ahead to the fall.

Last night I was going through the mail that had accumulated while we were on vacation, we got a flyer from Disney advertising the different events coming up in the fall.  When we were at Disneyland last October we saw a lot of people participating in the Halloween festivities and it looked like a lot of fun.halloween-time

Sully saw the flyer and asked about what dates things were happening.  I did more research online at the Disneyland website.   We discussed dates, checked our calendars and Sully requested the time off work.  So guess where we are going in October?

Mickey’s Halloween Party!

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We were planning on dressing as pirates this year so it works out perfectly.  It’s totally silly but I am really excited!

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Kindle coverage…

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A few weeks ago, I talked about Sully, Boo and I each having Kindle 2s  with the same Amazon black cover.   We are loving our Kindles, and the Amazon brand cover.  It’s a great cover but we keep mixing up our Kindles, and I wouldn’t mind a little color.  I decided to try to make a slipcover for my Kindle cover.

I like using fat quarters because you can quickly grab whatever catches your eye.  You can use whatever fabric floats your boat.

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After some internet research, I found this tutorial on the College Prep blog.  It’s basically a fabric version of the paper book covers that most of us made at one point or another in grade school.  I followed her directions for the most part but then, because I seem to lack the ability to follow directions I made some changes.

First, the measurements –

I laid the Kindle case down on top of the fabric and marked an inch above and below, and three inches on each side.

Changes –

At the beginning –

– I used light fusible interfacing to make the slipcover look a bit sharper.  The inside edges look more finished, as well.

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– I put the Kindle case into the slipcover and pinned a piece of elastic at the top at the fold.  I ran it down the fold and pinned it at the bottom and stitched the elastic to the fabric.  I folded the elastic under at both ends and unfolded the fabric before stitching to keep the front of the cover stitch free.

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 Your slipcover will look like this.  The black elastic looks out of place here but blends in when it’s on the cover.  It keeps the slipcover from bunching when you open and close the cover.

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I made the pink one for Boo and the blue one for me.  Sully decided to stick with his black cover.

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It was a pretty easy craft project.  The first one took an hour or so as figured out what I was doing.  The second cover took less than 30 minutes.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section.